Having been there and done that, sometimes I'll creep up behind a motorcycle waiting on a turn light or stop light to try to help them when I'm driving the Tacoma. Some of them understand what I'm trying to do and wave a thank-you, some of them think I'm infringing on them or crowding them and flip me off. I recognize when a car behind me is trying to do the same thing and I appreciate it.
There must be some kind of problem with changing the sensitivity of the sensors to detect motorcyclists and bicyclists. I mean, why change the laws in this way if it's possible to just set the sensors so they detect smaller vehicles? If not a bicycle, at least a motorcycle?
Being the conspiracy theorist I am, I would presume it's because maybe lightening the sensitivity of the sensors might make cars in the next lane trigger lights that would cause an accident?
Maybe a matter of the cost involved in changing/resetting the sensors versus paying legal bills that accrue from individual accidents where it's found the state/municipality is at fault for maintaining sensors that resulted in an accident is a good trade-off in the coffers?
Just seems strange to me that instead of somehow changing the sensors, they change state statutes to make it legal for a motorcyclist to continue through a red light if the presence of their motorcycle is not detected by the traffic light sensors and they've supposedly waited long enough to proceed when the situation is safe to do so.
Last edited by planalp; 01-01-2012 at 08:44 PM.